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    Melissa Brinks

    Melissa Brinks is a freelance writer and co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast. She has an affinity for cats, cooking, gardening, and investing copious hours of her life in fictional worlds of all kinds.

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  • Fashion Fantasy: Magical Girls, Skimpy Armor, and Modeling

    Fashion Fantasy: Magical Girls, Skimpy Armor, and Modeling5

    • March 14, 2016

    Anybody who has ever sided with the cute weapon over the more powerful one knows that looking cute is just as much a part of having fun gaming as taking down enemies. But one series exemplifies this more than any other—Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy‘s fashion is at once absurd and iconic, bizarre and gorgeous, heinous

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  • Gaming Group Talks About Gaming Groups

    Gaming Group Talks About Gaming Groups0

    It’s hard not to form friendships after hours spent slaying orcs, grinding rep runs, or collecting gil. The friendships we forge in the storytelling and dungeon-crawling fires of gaming can be just as profound—if not more—as those from other sources, and some of the WWAC writers have come to share their stories of triumph, camaraderie,

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  • Blood of the Covenant: 3 of Gaming’s Best Found Families

    Blood of the Covenant: 3 of Gaming’s Best Found Families0

    • February 8, 2016

    The found or chosen family is among my favorite tropes. I’m a firm believer in family being what you make it, and I find a special resonance with stories about people who cobble together their own familial units regardless of blood relation. Sometimes our blood families aren’t as caring or supportive as we need them

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  • Love in the Age of Dragons: Unpacking the Romance Systems of Dragon Age

    Love in the Age of Dragons: Unpacking the Romance Systems of Dragon Age2

    • December 7, 2015

    Gamers are an opinionated fan niche. Whether it’s your preferred system or whether you like a twist of romance in your stories, conversations about games can turn from mild disagreements to name-calling no matter the topic. Dreadfully serious folks sometimes find romance plots to be a distraction from “real gaming,” whatever that means, while other

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